“Texas, our Texas, so wonderful and great…” goes the song.
“Texas is one of the most prepared states for public health disasters in the U.S.” (Tweet by Governor Greg Abbott on March 9, 2020)
State with highest number of people lacking health insurance (5 million) in the nation: Texas.
State with per-capita number of hospital beds lower than the U.S. average because of hospital closures: Texas.
(Japan has around 13 hospital beds per one thousand people. South Korea has 12. The average rich country has about 5.5 beds. Texas has 2.3 beds.)
State ranking forty-first of fifty states in physicians per capita: Texas.
State with 28 percent of nursing homes given lowest possible rating (one star) by federal government in 2015: Texas.
(In California 7 percent received that rating.)
State with 25 percent of nursing homes cited for severe deficiencies by the feds in 2015: Texas
State whose health agency headquarters had to be vacated by hundreds of employees in 2018 because they were overrun with rats, mold, and vermin: Texas
(Abbott quotation and stats from Christopher Hooks, “Let’s Count the Ways Texas’s Dismal Health Care Landscape Could Make Coronavirus Worse,” Texas Monthly, 3-11-20)
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